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Friday, July 04, 2008

XX Architectural Workshop: TranXXit

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From June 8th to 13th, my university played host to the 20th Architectural Workshop, an annual architecture event where students from over 20 schools of architecture in the country would converge at the host university. As usual, both public universities as well as private institutions were here to grace the week-long event. This time around, we had TranXXit as the main theme of the architectural workshop.

XX Architectural Workshop: TranXXit

  • Took 1 whole month to prepare for the event, and this was the day that I'd been waiting for!
  • Couldn't really hide my excitement upon seeing the arrival of the 1st batch of participants.
  • Gave some final touches to our preparation works.
  • Ice-breaking at night. Things went a lil' bit uncontrolled due to miscommunication between the programme organizer and the emcee. Certain elements of the ice-breaking segment were messed up as a result.
  • Some unruly participants! Felt like strangling them... >.<"

Day 1: Ice-breaking

  • Skipped the Opening Ceremony with my pals. Too lazy to walk to the hall from our dorm in early morning. Ended up getting some extra hours of sleep in our beds.
  • Catapults in action! Had fun seeing the participants enjoying the time of their lives.

  • Day 2

  • SCARED THE SHIT OUT OF ME when a huge centipede suddenly crawled up my foot!
  • Scared myself for the 2nd time when I thought I was being bitten by the damn creature after realizing that my foot was in a rare purplish tone. Thank goodness it was not what I'd thought earlier.
  • SCARED THE SHIT OUT OF ME for the 3rd time when another centipede (albeit smaller) crawled up my foot again! Flung my sandal off my foot in the shortest time possible without a second thought. Centipedes... Don't you ever dare to approach me again!
  • Skipped the Performance Night (Part I) due to tiredness. Kinda regret now because I heard it was good! But I managed to watch it on DVD later on though...

  • Attended a talk in the morning where prominent Malaysian architects were invited to give a speech on today's architecture. We were so honoured to have Architect Jimmy Lim (designer of Awana Genting) and Architect Laurence Loh (principal force behind the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion's restoration works which eventually won the project the Award of Excellence in the 2000 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Culture Heritage Conservation) amongst us here. Learned quite a lot from them. :)
  • Another game in the afternoon. Later, we moved indoors due to a horrendous downpour in the midst of the activity.
  • Watched a bit of the Performance Night (Part II) before heading back to the studio to get some works done.

  • Off to Batu Feringghi for some beach games!
  • Departed at 6 something in the morning and arrived at the beach to a cold drizzle.
  • Forced to work in the rain to get things done. *sighs*
  • The sun came out at last! And so the games began.

  • Day 4: Batu Feringghi trip

  • Sun, sea, sand. So divine!
  • Got my camera phone into action.
  • Decided to get some tan, and we ended up getting a minor sunburn. Ouch!
  • Took a short nap.
  • Packed our things up and said goodbye to the beach.

Day 4: Batu Feringghi trip

  • All of us gathered at the Fort Cornwallis in George Town.
  • 1st time visiting the fort interiors, and I finally got to see the statue of Penang's founder, Captain Francis Light.

  • Day 5: Penang Heritage Trail ~ Fort Cornwallis

  • And so we began the game of Heritage Tracking. It worked somewhat like the famed TV reality series, The Amazing Race.
  • Things went a bit wrong. Blame the committee members in charge of the game!
  • Visited the Sri Mariamman Temple along the way.
  • At night, we had the Grand Dinner and Closing Ceremony. Various awards were given away to the winners.
  • Disappointed that only the participants were entitled to the full course dinner prepared by Eden Catering. As for us committee members, we had economic rice. Sux!

  • Crossed the Penang Bridge to visit the White Horse Ceramic World Tiles Showroom in Butterworth.
  • Watched some product demonstrations.
  • To our surprise, they had prepared a buffet lunch for us. Yum!
  • Time to bid farewell to all the participants.
  • Glad that the 20th Architectural Workshop at USM was a success! :D

During that week, all participating institutions had their own exhibition booths set up in the designated rooms. Some of their works were pretty impressive and could make you go WOW!



rainbow angeles said...

chippy chuppa chup!

kyh said...

5 chups!

rainbow angeles said...

kesian got no Eden dinner for liu...

new semester start liao?

kyh said...

Next week... :(

Chen said...

Hahaha, seems like u r attracting all the centipedes. How big is that huge centipede?

kesian, but at least economic rice is still better than nothing lah..

Chen said...

Errr... i only pressed once.
How come my comment appear twice?
Blogspot sot sot again today :P

kyh said...

3 chups!

It was quite huge! At least 10 cm long, I think.

Yer... I still want that full course dinner! :(

Why so ocipala one? :P Nevermind, I already deleted that redundant comment. ;)

Anonymous said...

Still can chup! :p

Anonymous said...

Have a great coming semester! :)

kyh said...

1 chup! ;)

*chants I don't wanna go back in the background*

rainbow angeles said...

pssttt.. in uni dun hv lenglui meh??? dun so antisocial lar you... open eyes big big.. heee... ;-)

Yinsi Yat said...

So many things happening wan!

kyh said...

rainbow angeles: I only want Angelina Jolie... :(

Yinsi Yat: Happening hor? :P

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing this super event! I'm very impresse watching the architectural productions on the pictures! Sounds you had good time! Like you I can't support centripedes!

kyh said...

Those works were great, right? ;)

Haha... Centipedes are forever banned from our realms! :P

Anonymous said...

My favorite are the beach pictures. Can't get over them. Keep on staring and dreaming...

Anonymous said...

That looked like one cool event! Well, happy going back to school to you. :D

And have a great sunday!

kyh said...

Zhu: A lady in freezing Canada dreaming of a trip to the white sandy beach. Sounds logical! ;)

Andie Summerkiss: Thanks! But I don't wanna go back... :(

day-dreamer said...

Well you can't always get things to go your way especially with major events like ice-breaking. CONFIRM got people who mess it up or make your life miserable. =/

kyh said...

I second your words!

eastcoastlife said...

Wah! So fun! So nice to be young again! *envy*

kyh said...

Haha... You didn't see the pain behind all these! :P

Anonymous said...

wahh. looks like fun!! the thing about conferences is, after all the fun, it's so hard to get back to reality.

kyh said...

*nods in agreement* ;)

Anonymous said...

Hello Khy. Sounds like you had fun!
I wanted to let you know that we posted about tiMesJoUrNaL in Blogs of the World. Please take a look here if you're interested.
(the direct link doesn't seem to appear well in comments but the link to Blogs of the World is below)

Anonymous said...

...I meant above! :)

GMG said...

Hi Kyh! This month promises to be even more hectic than the already chaotic previous ones! Anyhow, a blogging break is absolutely needed to balance the atmosphere. So here I am enjoying your blog!
And this is a gorgeous post with some awesome pictures!
Meanwhile Blogtrotter has now posted my 401st post (on Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA)! Hope you enjoy and have a great weekend!

Anonymous said...

Looks like a lot of fun! But I am sure it was a lot of work organizing this thing. And adventurous too, what with the centipedes having taken a liking to you... :D

kyh said...

pocketcultures: Hey, thanks so much for the feature! I was very surprised to learn that! :D

GMG: Thanks... I look forward to your next travel story each time! ;)

Shantanu: We took a month to prepare for this. It was a national event, so we couldn't really be perfunctory!

Centipedes? *runs*

Anonymous said...

Hi, thanks for your comment. I'm so sorry about my terrible spelling!

kyh said...

Haha... No problem! ;)

GMG said...

Hi Kyh!
Thanks for your comments on Blogtrotter, now at the Michigan Law School! Left a reply to your last comment there!
Hope you take pleasure in it and wish you a great week!

13th Panda said...

nowadays so many activities for the uni students..*envy*




rainbow angeles said...


*brings chocolate cupcake*

Unknown said...

Eh? There's also a Sri Mariamman Temple in Singapore as well! Is it like a common name?

Looks like you're having the time of your life in the 'workshop'. Sigh, just looking at all those games make me feel old.

kyh said...

GMG: You're welcome! :)

13th Panda: I want... I want to abolish all those horrid exams! :P

rainbow angeles: Thankies! *muaks*

C K: It's a common name for a Hindu Temple all right! ;)

I'm starting to feel old now too (though still much younger than you :P)!